by Agnes Amondi
The FKF Women’s Cup round of 16 draw is out after the first round concluded this past weekend. The fixtures are penciled for the weekend of February 27th & 28th.
Division One side Nyuki Starlets will have an uphill task when they tackle reigning premier league champions Vihiga Queens at the Mumias Sports Complex on Sunday 28. The former sailed through after a 4-1 win over premier league side Eldoret Falcons whilst the latter saw off Royal Starlets in a 3-0 victory.
In what ought to be a first encounter between the two during the 2019 Women’s Premier League (WPL) season, Nyuki forfeited the match. The result was a 2-0 win in favour of Vihiga.
Already, the Western based club is leading zone B standings for the current season on 13 points. They remain unbeaten after five matches as they have bagged four wins and a draw. On the other hand, Nyuki is performing fairly well. They lie fourth in the Div 1 league table with four points after three matches.
Sunderland Samba who ousted Mathare United Women will tussle for a place in the quarters against Ulinzi Starlets at the Camp Toyoyo Grounds. Samba claimed an emphatic 5-1 win as Ulinzi thumped Moving The Goalposts (M.T.G) 4-0. Both are enjoying their league seasons. The soldiers sit second on 12 points in zone A of the top flight league while M.T.G are third with seven points in Division One. Going by the results on match day one, this might be a high scoring fixture.
Bunyore Starlets and Mukuru Kwa Talent are the other lower league teams still in the race to win the first FKF Women’s Cup title. It will be a top of the table clash against bottom of the table clash when Bunyore travel to Naivasha to play Oserian Ladies. The Vihiga based outfit extended their winning streak to four matches when they came against Nakuru West Queens, forced them to a scoreless draw and took them to a penalties which they won 7-5. Bunyore are in fine form as they sit firmly at the summit of zone B in the second tier with a clean record of nine out of nine points. Oserian on the other hand are struggling in the top flight.They have lost all their league matches this season and are rooted at the foot of zone B log.
Meanwhile, Mukuru produced the shock of the first round. They downed Thika Queens 2-0 and will now take on Kayole Starlets who are just above the drop zone in WPL. Mukuru are yet to loose a match after their fifth win of the season. They trail zone A table toppers Kangemi Ladies with just a point, though they’ve played a game more.
Other fixtures lined up involve Gaspo Women who will host fellow zone A counterpart Makolanders at Ruiru. Kibera Soccer Ladies visit Zetech Sparks in the same venue as Kisumu All Starlets welcome Trans Nzoia Falcons who registered the biggest win of the round after they trounced Tombe Riverplate 16-0. S.E.P Ladies confront Wadadia.
FKF Women’s Cup Round of 16
Saturday 27th February 2021
Gaspo Women FC vs Makolanders FC – Ruiru Grounds, Ruiru – 12:00
Zetech Sparks FC vs Kibera Soccer Ladies FC – Ruiru Grounds, Ruiru – 14:15
Kisumu All Starlets FC vs Trans Nzoia Falcons FC – Moi Stadium, Kisumu – 13:00
Oserian Ladies FC vs Bunyore Starlets FC – Oserian Grounds, Naivasha – 13:00
Sunday 28th February 2021
Kayole Starlet FC vs Mukuru Talent Academy FC – Camp Toyoyo, Nairobi – 12:00
Ulinzi Starlets FC vs Sunderland Samba FC – Camp Toyoyo, Nairobi – 14:15
S.E.P Ladies FC vs Wadadia FC – K’Otieno Grounds, Oyugis – 13:00
Vihiga Queens FC vs Nyuki Starlets FC – Mumias Complex, Mumias – 14:00
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